Combat, riots and revolution, plus the weapons and warcraft that fuel them.
As Baghdad lifts curfew, bombs are reminder of country at war
Five blasts across Baghdad on Saturday tempered Iraqis' anticipation of a more relaxed and accessible capital.
Europe and US clash over how to confront Putin on Ukraine
On Saturday, Germany's Angela Merkel warned against sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists.
After a series of defeats, the Islamic State resorts to shock tactics
Analysis: As the group loses ground in Syria in Iraq, it is forced to resort to increasingly theatrical brutality to burnish an image of strength.
Jordan hangs two Iraqi militants as revenge against the Islamic State
The executions were a response to the killing of an imprisoned Jordanian fighter pilot.
Obama's new budget proposes more spending for nuclear armaments
Warhead spending alone would grow faster than the overall military budget.
Every Islamic State execution is a public spectacle. But you'll never see most of them
Analysis: For every high-profile hostage who has been murdered by IS in front of an HD camera, hundreds of other victims in Syria and Iraq have been executed, too.
WFP 'extremely concerned' by pictures of IS logos on its Syria food parcels
The United Nations World Food Program said that in September Islamic State raided Red Crescent warehouses where food rations may have been stored.
The Islamic State beheadings are firing up Japan’s hawks
Despite a pacifist constitution, Prime Minister Abe is demanding a more aggressive response to the terrorists, and a stronger Japan.
Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot
King Abdullah has defended the US-led campaign against the hardline group in Syria, saying moderate Muslims must take a stand.
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is free
The campaign continues for the release of the other two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt.
Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim
Prime Minister Abe, on the verge of tears, pledged not to back down and said he would increase humanitarian aid to the Middle East.
Ukraine's war is getting worse, and not everyone wants to fight
Whether out of fear or political frustration, some Ukrainians are dodging the draft.
Europe's Muslims struggle for normalcy after Paris attacks
Extremist threats and the rise of far-right politicians have put many Muslims in the position of defending their place in European communities.
Here's what's left of Kobani, the Syrian border town wrecked by the Islamic State (PHOTOS)
The Syrian town has paid a high price for liberation from the Islamic State.
Here’s what moviegoers in Baghdad think of ‘American Sniper’
Portrayals of the Iraq War look a little different from Iraq.
Hezbollah kills two Israeli soldiers in border attack
Militant group Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Israeli army convoy near the Israel-Lebanon border.
How the Islamic State was halted in Kobani
Analysis: The Islamic State controlled half of the Kurdish city a few months ago. Now they are on the run.
Kurdish forces finally drive Islamic State out of a key Syrian town
The fight for Kobani took four months. And it's probably not over yet.
Syria's president says US should ask permission to launch air strikes against Islamic State
President Bashar al-Assad said he's serious about fighting terrorism.
More than 15 dead on the 4th anniversary of Egypt's revolution
Meanwhile tensions surged ahead of the anniversary, with the killings of two female demonstrators.
Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits
Kerry is expected to address poll-related violence, which has blighted previous Nigerian elections and which it is feared could erupt again, ahead of polls next month.
Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism
With one hostage remaining with the Islamic State, Abe said Sunday that Japan is 'not wavering at all on this policy.'
This is the gruesome aftermath of another rocket strike on civilians in eastern Ukraine
Civilians keep dying as pro-Russian rebels promise more war.
Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage
A video released Saturday allegedly showed a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.
These are the countries that have (probably) paid hostage ransom to the Islamic State
The fate of two hostages could be decided today.
Yemeni rebels seize presidential palace (LIVE BLOG)
But they appear to have stopped short of overthrowing the country's embattled president.
Mysterious bombs are exploding in Ukraine — and not in the war-torn east
More often than not, the attacks appear to be targeted at pro-Ukrainian political and social organizations, causing injuries but no deaths.
IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq
'We already have names for 196 and there could be some more," said Khodr Domli, a leading Yazidi rights activist.
Here's how Boko Haram could sway the result of Nigeria's general election
It is unclear whether more than one million people displaced by the militant group's insurgency will be able to vote.
Mexican troops arrest an alleged cartel gunman over student disappearances
It was the latest of nearly 100 arrests in the investigation into the abduction, and suspected killing, of 43 students in September.
Satellite images reveal full devastation of Boko Haram attack
Analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International shows the extent of attacks in northeastern Nigeria.